Thursday, July 14, 2011

Now THAT was fun!

Without giving away any details, here's a summary of an email exchange with the good people at The Gadget Show:

I: So, you don't actually want me to do any kind of memory stunt?

They: No.

I: Nor anything that would require me to know the difference between an iPod and an iPad, nor how to work a mobile phone, nor to know anything about The Gadget Show or its subject matter?

They: That's right.

I: And for an hour's work, you're paying me...?

They: Two hundred pounds.

I: Okay.

And it's going to be great, too! I hugely recommend watching it, although it won't be on for several months (I'll remind you nearer the time). It's the first time I've been invited on a TV show to do something almost completely unrelated to memory championships! I'm a proper celebrity! And had fun filming it, too!

Anyway, now I'm going to St Louis, to be a laboratory guinea pig. See you all when I get back!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Repeat performance

I think the pilot was cooler, actually - maybe it was just because we'd all done it before, but the 'real' filming didn't seem to sparkle quite as much. Although I did come up with one ad-lib that made everyone in the studio laugh, so hopefully that'll end up in the broadcast version and not look too stupid. Tune in, some time late August/early September, to "Epic Win".

Meanwhile, I'm back to normality today - normality in the sense of working for Boots, albeit in the extremely groovy role of three days as a consultant financial analyst sandwiched between filming for two different TV shows (also tune in to the Gadget Show, some time after Epic Win, probably, unless they realise that I'm not really what you'd call a gadget person).

It's good to be back in the office, but today sort of reminded me why I left. It's finding-a-new-job time when I get back from my final groovy memory-man expedition of the month (St Louis, Friday), and I think I'll look for something radically different from accountancy/analysis. Banking, maybe. Or mountaineering.